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Live: President Obama on the Situation in Ukraine

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Ukraine

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Overnight: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Putin? Lauren Mayer

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Lauren's CD is now available!! Hear clips or purchase CD/downloads at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8. It is also on iTunes and will soon be on Amazon!

Ronan Farrow on Sunday morning: 'How do you solve a problem like Putin?' Yes, out loud, and caught by TPC writer Hardybear!

Our wonderful friend Lauren Mayer ('Psychomom') then turned 'How do you solve a problem like Putin?' into the wonderful satirical song it was destined to be. Thanks, Lauren!

From YouTube:

The despotic, shirtless tyrant is more unpredictable than a musical theatre character!

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Phuque Feck, Abby Huntsman et al Conservative Bimbette Pundits

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I have had it up to here with Feck, so excuse my language.

Her little schtick ought to be called 'Abby's Road To Nowhere', and did we learn nothing from The View about shiny-eyed, shiny-haired young conserva-babes? Surprisingly lifelike but not going to bring anything new to the table?

Hannity and Limbaugh have already 'been in', so to speak.

She might as well call the president gay. It would almost be a relief if dis-compassionate conservatives of Abby Huntsman's calibre just showed the entire spectrum of their Winger Delusions in week one. Be straight up.

Specious smile … Hi. Isn't it a lovely summer day? I'm Sally Lynn, and I'm a Tea Party Era Republican who will snidely condemn every damn thing that abhorrent black man does, whatever it is, until said impertinent man drags his free stuff out of the White House and white people get back to running things.

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We knew it was going to be offensive, Abby was perfection, etiquette wise, and politely warned us early on that a rant about a lack of leadership (in the West Wing, allegedly, not on the 3 PM EST hour of messnbc daytime when the younguns' have at it) was our 3:28 minutes of punishment at the end of the hour.

And not to be catty, but that dress? She is aware that True Blood wrapped already? Ted Cruz had a once in a lifetime shot there, but he got that cameo-Get. Maybe Scandal has something in the conservative cable news pundit slash spokes-bimbette category for next year.

And not to be anti-Mormon, but isn't Abby one of the tribe of Utah extreme 'religionists' [Lucian's splendid term which I poached but need to cite] who truly believe that Jerusalem has to be safely, securely, strongly in em … Judeo-Christian possession … by Armageddon and Rapture? Huntsman was moderate in some social and scientific senses, but Dude still sported the undergarments.

And to be snide, but does Israel even want this Feck obsessed chick defending them? Maybe over Hasselbeck, that you could see.

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So Miss Huntsman's underlying nerves and anxiety have less to do with a need for President Obama to look like he has Feck to spare and could ride a bear and is a capital L Leader of the free world … but more with thinking, nay believing deeply, let's not be judgmental, that her immortal soul and future in the hereafter weren't intertwined with what's going on in Tel Aviv?

It's been an entire week of conservative whiney women bitching about the president's lack of Feck, and frankly we've had enough. Phuque Feck, what Feck seems to conflate to over ta' Fvx Nation and all of that Reaganesque Marlboro Man bullshite … these neo-con women need to stick a pin in it.

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La Palin first, all she's done for seven years is squawk about President Obama being a wuss in equitable times, she'll ultimately allegorically implode soon in a very True Blood sort of 'last life', writhing morass of idiocy and evil intent, with some moose entrails and a tacky lipstick shade thrown in.

And steaming piles of Feck.

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The Importance of Being Earnest, and Honestly, a Little Feisty

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It's rather refreshing to have a Press Secretary at the podium who has a bit of vinegar in his delivery. That touch of acid we all crave.

Meet relative newcomer, and at what a quiet time in world affairs, new 1600 Pennsylvania Main Face: Josh Earnest. Flippant Oscar Wilde tie-ins aside, it truly is a dramatic turn of events. Domestically. In a good way.

Now you're listening.

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The West Wing personnel department might had been catching up on Scandal and went "Man, we have to really up our game around the real deal," or just relaxed a bit as it eases on to the final, two year stretch.

It will certainly be more interesting, and we all want interesting. Less Tea Party, more interesting.

Within the #OhButWeKid category of media-watching perspective is also no small amount of awe that the Obama team let a bit of a bulldog out to man a pretty public desk. A Press Secretary with teeth, topics get fleshed out when the pearly whites are flashing … always a plus for discussion.

In any case, it makes for fine embed video. This bit courtesy of Morning Joe Schmoe, and so you also get the Full Pith of the Panel. 'pologies.

You can tell by the sub-titles these days how the production team is going after the differing viewership over the course of their day. "Caught?" The actual Question and Answer are transcribed below.

Q: One other question on a different subject. The Washington Post report this weekend about the information available to the administration about the border and expectations of a surge at the border. Can you comment on whether the administration was advised, and then overlooked or disregarded the information that was available to DHS and the White House?

MR. EARNEST: Well, Alexis, I’d first point out that you’re asking about a story that’s based entirely on anonymous sources. So that should be reflected in the record. The second is, if you do take a look at what this administration’s response has been not just in the last couple of months, but over the last few years, you’ve seen that this administration has repeatedly sought additional resources to deal with this specific problem at the border. That if you look at the trajectory of the budget from Fiscal Year 2011 to the 2012 to 2013 to 2014, that there has been a steady increase in the amount of resources requested to deal with this precise problem. That is a pretty good indication that this is something that we’ve been watching carefully and preparing for.

What also happens to be true is that there are a number of steps that were taken by this administration in the months before, or at least in the weeks before this became the media sensation that it has been over the last several weeks, that there were repeated visits by the Secretary of Homeland Security to the border and to facilities that were used and have been used to detain unaccompanied minors.

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There were steps taken by the President to direct the FEMA Administrator to coordinate the activities of DHS and the Department of Defense, and Health and Human Services, to coordinate the response for detaining these children and these families in a humanitarian way.

So this is something that the administration has been focused on for quite some time. And we have seen, as I mentioned at the top of the briefing, the tide at least start to turn over the last couple of weeks. But we’re not going to turn our attention away from that; in fact, the President is having a meeting on this today, because he believes that this is the kind of significant problem that merits sustained attention.

Everyone's an editorialist.

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Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

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'He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn't speak the language of occupation #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies,'
Sulome Anderson tweeted.

If only the so-called leaders could be taken out of the equation, the people of the world might actually have a shot at world peace!

But only a shot because there are still citizens throughout the world who insist on placing all of the blame for this mess on one side or the other. As an American atheist of Jewish descent, I still consider myself a Jew - with all the history to comes with that heritage.

I have family members who escaped the concentration camps. That history doesn't go away because the powers that be in Israel seem to have forgotten their persecution. I sympathize with the Palestinian people who have no homeland and live in the open-air prison that is Gaza.

I can see both sides of the story, and know that both sides are right in some respects and wrong in many others.

But when a long-time listener and supporter of this program writes in the chat room "All Jews in Israel are Nazis," we have an even bigger problem than I realized. (Said listener left the chat room in a huff and canceled his monthly donation to the show. If you'd like to make up for the shortfall, your support is needed.)

Thank goodness I was able to read a sensible take on the situation with a sensible solution over at Slate: William Saletan's "How To Save Gaza and Keep Israel and Hamas from Fighting the Next War." I already emailed and invited him on the show tomorrow. I hope he accepts.

And thank goodness for the people who started the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies campaign.

Let me add myself and Keith Ellison to the mix who did the Jew/Muslim fist bump at Netroots Nation and shared a hug too!

Today on the show, Susie Madrak of Crooks & Liars joined in to show that even like-minded people can disagree, and do with without being assholes.

And Mario Piscatella, managing editor of Blue Nation Review, guested to tell us about that great new news website, the assault on premium subsidies in the Affordable Care Act by two Republican judges and more.. until a Florida lightning strike nearby knocked me off the air.

So, we'll be back tomorrow with another show... Amy Simon on Seneca Falls, Stephen Goldstein with another "No More Bullshit Minute" and whatever else the day throws our way... radio or not!

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The Lure of Scandal … drifts into a juicy The New Yorker Spy Story

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I came late to the party to two major political dramas highly prized by the liberal community, but sure am having a delightful time catching myself up. If you enjoy either of them, described briefly below, you'll enjoy this long form but magnetic real-life spy story over at The New Yorker.

It even has an Albanian plot line for Russia parallels, with Ukraine and Putin being a hot topic.

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Now House of Cards, that was virtually Binge By Imperative. You guys catching this Netflix creation? I tried watching only three at a time, no way José, or no way Robin Wright Penn, as it were.

It didn't help so much that I had seen the Brit version, but tried to erase that mentally and just take the unusual camera and actor exaggerated interaction with a grain of salt.

What did translate beautifully to American politics was the loving attention to minutiae and the gratuitous sexually provocative moments ... like when Kevin Spacey got in on the Secret Service cutie-patootie mènage his wife was indulging in to make it an authentic party of three.

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GIF courtesy JEOBOX.com

Certainly as complex in plot lines and underlining the politically scandalous exceptionally well in regular television -- network, even, go ABC for apparently this one show and whatever else folks are hooked on from genius and some kind of modern cultural oracle, Shondra Rhimes -- with Olivia Pope and her cohorts on Scandal.

 

As stated, if you enjoy either show, have a gander at this piece at the New Yorker, just excerpting a generous paragraph below, but the entire piece is so worth the time.

Macintyre tells Philby’s story through the prism of his longtime friendship with another young star of M.I.6, Nicholas Elliott. The two men were of a piece. Elliott’s father, Claude, was the headmaster of Eton. According to Macintyre, the elder Elliott “loathed music, which gave him indigestion, despised all forms of heating as ‘effete,’ and believed that ‘when dealing with foreigners the best plan was to shout at them in English.’ ” Like Philby, Elliott went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and did not join public service so much as he was ushered into it. A family friend, Sir Nevile Bland, “simply told the Foreign Office that I was all right because he knew me and had been at Eton with my father.” (Sir Nevile’s words of advice to Elliott: “In the diplomatic service it is a sackable offense to sleep with the wife of a colleague,” and “I suggest you should do as I do and not light your cigar until you have started your third glass of port.”) Elliott trusted and revered Philby. Their families vacationed together. Elliott modelled himself on his friend, Macintyre writes: “his spycraft, his air of worldly irony, his umbrella with an ebony handle. . . . They were as close as two heterosexual, upper-class, mid-century Englishmen could be.”

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Internal Pressures May Push Putin To Reluctant Action … and La Palin Pontificates

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Rachel Maddow continues to do excellent reporting on the situation in Ukraine following the famed shoot down of Malaysian Air Flight 17 this week.

Praise Allah, because the best Hannity could do was summon up a Palin Appearance. From the Prime Putin Seats up North.

Cuz … Putin.

On the day U.N. sanctions were taken and Separatists were persuaded to begin turning bodies of the victims and the crime scene of a crash site over to international investigators and recovery teams, grisly pictures were everywhere.

Including La Palin's yammering face on Fvx Noise.

Speculation on Putin's role and goals is rampant, over at Fvx Nation, by contrast, Hannity was busily tearing down every foreign policy reality that exists for fact-based populations.

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Maddow first.

The headline should have warned 'yuz … but of course Hannity and Fvx went to Their Girl in A-las-ka for the latest in erudite and globally informed perspectives on Putin's obligations and prospective moves and all things intellectual, historical and Muscovite.

Because, clearly, she has been watching Putin from her house for the past seven years, full-time. That's why she resigned as an actual politician and descended onto the lower 48 Full Throttle, waving a hockey stick and a lipstick and raving.

Cuz … Putin.

Major Ick, pick up your courtesy Orvis waders at the entrance. [Thanks again, Grumpus McCain.]


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To be fair, you'll need one more Maddow to get that taste out of you.

How about introducing a beardless Lawrence O'Donnell back to the small screen?

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Cuz … Putin.

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